2019 Merit Poker Classic

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Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Levi, Rudolph, Weissman, Pateychuk, Loeser, and Kempe All Through To Day 2; Jazzar Takes Day 1a Chip Lead;

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Shahar Levi
Shahar Levi

Day 1a of the $5,300 Main Event here at the Merit Poker Classic has come to an end with 93 entries. Out of those 93 entries, 43 players have made it through to Day 2, Thursday, May 9. Claiming the Day 1a chip lead is Maroun Jazzar with 574,200 in chips.

Trailing Jazzar in the chip counts are Shahar Levi (532,600), Volodymyr Yastreb (455,000) and Christian Rudolph (432,500). Other notable players to have bagged and tagged an above average stack for Day 2 include Joey Weissman (400,800), Pavel Kovalenko (339,900), Bart Lybaert (310,300), Andrey Pateychuk (259,600), Daria Feshchenko (259,100), Albert Daher (257,100), and Boris Kolev with 192,000.

Vicent Bosca, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas, Manig Loeser, Miguel Iglesias, Rainer Kempe, and Mario Mosböck have also made it through this quiet starting day. Unfortunately, not everyone managed to win their hands today as Ali Reza Fatehi, Javier Fernandez, Aleksandr Gofman, and Markus Pohl all failed to win their final all-ins.

Another starting flight will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7 at noon local time with the exact same structure of eight levels of 60 minutes each with a 10-minute break after every two levels. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the action as more familiar faces will jump into the Main Event here in the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino.

Tags: Albert DaherAleksandr GofmanAli Reza FatehiAndrey PateychukBart LybaertBoris KolevChristian RudolphDaria FeshchenkoIoannis Angelou-KonstasJavier FernandezJoey WeissmanManig LoeserMario MosböckMarkus PohlMaroun JazzarMiguel IglesiasPavel KovalenkoRainer KempeShahar LeviVicent BoscaVolodymyr Yastreb

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The full chip counts and a recap of today are to follow.

Maroun Jazzar lb 574,200
Shahar Levi il 532,600 12,600
Volodymyr Yastreb ua 455,000 155,000
Christian Rudolph de 432,500 247,500
Joey Weissman us 400,800 10,800
Pavel Kovalenko ru 339,900 119,900
Bart Lybaert be 310,300 80,300
John One IL 302,200
John Two NL 286,800
Kiryl Radzivonau by 280,000 10,000
Selahaddin Bedir tr 275,000
Denys Chufarin ua 267,400
Andrey Pateychuk ru 259,600 49,600
Daria Feshchenko ru 259,100 -2,900
Albert Daher lb 257,100 97,100
Elias Moukawem lb 247,000
Markus Prinz de 200,000
Boris Kolev bg 192,000 75,000
Andrey Kaygorodtsev RU 191,500 -65,500
Muhtar Taysi TR 184,400
Vicent Bosca es 184,300 -19,700
Abdullah Al Shanti 173,000
Joseph Succar LB 171,400
Kassem Hammoud 168,000
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas gr 167,700 32,700

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Two More Hands

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and the dealers have been instructed to deal two more hands before the remaining players can bag and tag their chips for Day 2.

Tamasyan More Than Triples

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Boris Kolev raised to 5,000 from mid-position, Christian Rudolph called in the hijack. Garik Tamasyan shoved on the button for 22,000 and both Kolev and Rudolph called.

The flop came {q-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}, Kolev check-folded to the 23,000 bet of Rudolph to let them battle it out.

Garik Tamasyan: {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Christian Rudolph: {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}

The turn was the {7-Diamonds} to give Tamasyan two pair.

The river completed the board with the {2-Diamonds} for Tamasyan to stay ahead and double up.

Bart Lybaert be 230,000 -8,000
Christian Rudolph de 185,000 185,000
Boris Kolev bg 117,000 -143,000
Garik Tamasyan am 71,000 -138,000
Ali Reza Fatehi ir Busted
Aleksandr Gofman ru Busted

Tags: Boris KolevChristian RudolphGarik Tamasyan

Weissman Takes Two Down

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Joey Weissman (on the right)
Joey Weissman (on the right)

Joey Weissman has just eliminated two other players and was kind enough to relate what had happened:

The under-the-gun player had raised to 4,000 and Weismann called from the cutoff with {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Rainer Kempe called in the small blind and so did the player in the big blind.

The flop came {7-}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, Kempe and the big blind checked, the initial raiser bet 6,500 and only Weissman and the big blind called.

The turn was the {3-Clubs} to give Weissman the nut-flush. The player in the big blind checked again. The initial raiser shoved and Weissman called. The player in the big blind also shoved and Weissman called again. The big blind player had {q-}{q-} while the under-the-gun player held {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for the lower flush and was drawing dead for the straight flush as Weismann had the {5-Clubs} in his hand already.

Joey Weissman us 390,000 290,000
Rainer Kempe de 130,000 30,000
Mario Mosböck at 110,000

Tags: Joey WeissmanRainer Kempe


Mnatsakyan Hits the River

poolshir • Level 7: 900-1,800, 1,800 ante

Vanush Mnatsakyan raised to 3,600 from under the gun and was called by the player in the cutoff. Aleksandr Gofman three-bet to 18,900 from the small blind which Mnatsakyan called and the cutoff-player folded.

They both checked through the whole {8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{j-Hearts} board. Gofman tabled {a-Hearts}{q-Spades} but couldn't beat the {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} of Mnatsakyan who had rivered a pair of jacks.

Andrey Kaygorodtsev RU 257,000 185,000
Vicent Bosca es 204,000 54,000
Vanush Mnatsakyan RU 135,000 -49,000
Aleksandr Gofman ru 62,000 2,000
Christian Rudolph de Busted

Tags: Aleksandr GofmanVanush Mnatsakyan

Pohl Pushed Out by Lybaert

poolshir • Level 7: 900-1,800, 1,800 ante

The board read {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{j-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} with 57,000 in the middle already.

Markus Pohl checked in the small blind and Bart Lybaert shoved from the big blind with the bigger stack. Pohl contemplated for a while and then flicked in a chip for the call. Lybaert turned over {k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for the rivered flush and Pohl quickly got up from his chair and made his way out of the tournament area without flipping over his hole cards. The dealer showed Pohl held {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts} for the flopped top pair.

Bart Lybaert be 238,000 182,000
Markus Pohl at Busted

Tags: Bart LybaertMarkus Pohl